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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Clouds disappearing in Portuguese skies






My regular sky photographer makes an appearance here today, because these photos my husband Dick took "somewhere in Portugal" are, even if he doesn't remember where he took them, beautiful examples of the brilliant blue skies he experienced on a tour somewhere west (and perhaps north) of Lisbon. Meanwhile, I was in the capital in the fog, enjoying a shorter tour with our friends from the Brilliance of the Seas during our cruise with Royal Caribbean in December, 2008.
However, the photos speak for themselves. As the blue of the sky gets ever deeper from the first to the last, we have no need of captions. Hopefully, though, someone  might know something about the top two pictures at least, as the first is very distinctive and the second is very beautiful. (Francisca, you've been everywhere! Any ideas?)

Photos by Richard Schear, Portugal, Dec., 2008.
Posted by Kay Davies for Skywatch Friday, Sept. 30, 2010.

34 comments:

EG Wow said...

LOVE those clear blue skies! We don't see many of those here in Ontario, I'm afraid.

Leslie said...

Such beautiful architecture here! The pristine white cathedral against that brilliant blue sky. Lovely.

P.S. I love your dog, too! And thanks for stopping by to visit my blog today.

Kim, USA said...

I love those buildings and their color is awesome so great with the blue sky.
Blue sky

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I love those wonderful blue skies, too! And they do remind me of the time I spent in Portugal! Gorgeous captures! Hope you guys have a great weekend with lots more beautiful skies!

Sylvia

clairz said...

Oh, my. Lovely photos and lovely blog. I can see I will need to add your blog to my list!

chubskulit said...

Beautiful shots!

My Skywatch, have a nice weekend!

Carver said...

These are all wonderful shots from Portugal. The sky is beautiful and I love the architecture.

Paula said...

Such pretty blue skies, it's hard to believe fog could be anywhere nearby.

Hildred and Charles said...

Beautiful architecture, and a rose by any other name is still as lovely so we will just enjoy Richard's photos and marvel at the blue skies.

Jo said...

What beautiful blue skies backing the white architecture. Thanks for sharing. (((Hugs))) Jo

Powell River Books said...

I've never been to Europe and probably never will get there. Thanks for sharing a little piece. - Margy

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Fantastic blue skies with gorgeous buildings

Rajesh said...

Lovely blue sky on top of beautiful buildings.

Gattina said...

First I thought "that can't be in Canada" lol ! and then I saw which country it was ! Beautiful pictures !

Pearl Maple said...

fabulous shades of blue, thanks for taking us on tour through your photos

jabblog said...

Such beautiful skies!

Denise said...

Your husband took some great photos, thanks for sharing them here. They make me smile on a rainy morning.
An English Girl Rambles

Ania said...

The first one is Sintra. The angel makes it harder to recognize but those two towers are characteristic. (so he went up North).
Him not remembering where he took the photos made me laugh.
Thanks.

Linnea said...

Those skies really are a brilliant blue! Wow! I love the whitewashed architecture. Too bad you were stuck in the fog!

Mara said...

I wouldn't mind seeing those beautiful blue skies for a few days. A last bit of summer before the proper autumn kicks in.

Kay L. Davies said...

@ Ania -- So he DID go as far as Sintra. I remember there was one tour to Cascais and one to Sintra, but he didn't remember which he was on. This might jog his memory. Thank you so much. I was hoping someone would recognize those towers! -- K

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour dear Kay
Your husband is skilled at photography, these pictures are excellent!
I'm in love for that first one, BEAUTIFUL sky and composition!
Thanks for these sweet memories that your post brings us, in fact Cezar and I have visited Lisbon and Sintra in 2005 and it was a lovely and romantic trip.
Another important thing, I need to say that Lindy is adorable!Fantastic picture on your sidebar!
hugs
Léia

Nikki-ann said...

Beautiful blue skies... If only the weather was that nice here at the moment! :)

Dave said...

what a beautiful place to visit.

♥♥ Willa ♥♥ said...

Absolutely beautiful places.

Thanks for visiting my Sky Watch Friday

Karine said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful skies with us, Portugal is a place I would love to visit myself!

Jingle said...

lovely place to be.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Those skies are magic -- you know that for many of us you could just make up names for thesse photos and we'd (sadly) never know the difference!! (But I know your conscience wouldn't let you do that.). I'd love to see your foggier day pix as well. Seems like a good idea to split up the shore tours on a ruise. -- twice as many things to talk about.

Boom Nisanart said...

The sky is so bright and beautiful, Made the buildings stand out !
Great posted !
and please have a lovely weekend : )

Francisca said...

You are SO funny, dear Kay. And you know, I may well have been in Sintra! One summer in the early '80s I drove with my parents from the top of Portugal along the coast right to Lisbon and on to the bottom and back into Spain. But I was not a camera freak in those days, and my memory for names has always been highly suspect. Glad you got your answer. And that's a fabulous blue sky with white buildings that Richard captured. :-)

Kay L. Davies said...

Thanks, Francisca. I'm going through a streak of Writer's Block for a few months because I haven't been well. The doctor seems to be getting a handle on the problem, and I can feel my old self emerging. However, writing humor isn't easy at the best of times, and almost impossible when I'm under the weather. (See Chapters 1-18 of An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel, archived on this blog beginning Nov. 2009.) These memes are really a life-saver for me when I'm having difficulty writing. They get the creative juices flowing and, who knows, maybe Chapters 19 and 20 will appear one of these days. Thanks again.
-- K

Dave said...

spectacular architecture.

Kay said...

We were in Portugal a few years back, but those beautiful photos don't quite ring a bell. Then again, I have such a poor memory.

Linda said...

Disappearing clouds are something we could do with a bit more of here sometimes.
I love the white telephone box - it fits well with the rest of the buildings.